Watercolor Wheel

Watercolor Wheel

Color theory (rethinking the wheel)

Big Idea:

Color creates emotion. Color is all around us.

Description of Setting:

High School Art Classroom, 30+ students, 9 tables, 35 chairs, 2 sinks, projector

Public School, Fall Semester, 2nd Quarter

45 minute class periods

Art History:

Artists have been using the properties of color since the discovery of pigments in plants, animals and minerals. Some polar artists using color are:

Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebald, Monet, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Gerhard Richter, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc

Many different periods of art all use color and hue to create organic depictions of real life.

Goal and Outcomes:

Be able to differentiate the color palette. Primary, Secondary, tertiary, Complementary, intermediate, Hue, Tone

Will create a color wheel with watercolors.

Will recreate color wheel using previous techniques in form. New color wheel will be organic or structural in nature.

Clean colors with practice work using proper water color techniques.

Positive Critique will be had at end of project.

Discussion pertaining to the silhouette project in class. Is it art? How did it make you feel? Does this give you opportunities to express yourselves in other ways?


Watercolor paper, watercolors, 18×24 sheet of water color paper, sketch books, brushes, cups, water Other paper relative to design

Management Procedure:

Students will arrive on time and take there seats for attendance. Students will stay attentive and quiet while working.Students will not text on cell phones. Students will raise hand with questions. Students will respect one another and the work that is being created. Students will give positive feed back.

Instructional Process:

Students will walk into class and take their seats and wait for instruction. Once everyone is quiet students will be presented the watercolor wheel assignment.There will be a 20 minute presentation and discussion on the color wheel.

Students will first practice using water colors getting experience with how the water reacts to the pigment and the proper way to control the flow of color. Also will discuss different water color techniques.

Students will be required to create a color wheel appropriate to what is shown in the book. proper Diagram of the wheel with correct examples of different types of color groups.

Once that is finished Student will take steps in designing a brand new color wheel with the use of other design standards previously discussed in the semester.

A few days will be given for the process of brain storming and problem solving the final project.

Basic set of art history will be outlined for them.

Once project is finished students will help hang the art work on the wall for critique and discussion. We will then learn and discuss positive feed back and critique.

Students will have the opportunity to pick an artist discussed to start there paper. This paper will help create an art history book and test material at the end of the year.

As the time nears end, the students will put away all material and find their table and wait for the bell patiently.

Student will leave the classroom courteous of one another.

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